Set B: Dr Best's "Learn to Read" for Intermediaries: SPECIAL OFFER!

£20.00

This special offer is made to celebrate Janmastami and will be running till the end of September. The offer means that you get the books of less than one pound.

Please note, the PENpal is not included in the pack, but can be bought separately for a reduced price.

You will need PENpal to hear the sound enabled content. Click here to buy PENpal

Now one PENpal will read all three sets.

  • Ages for reading pleasure: 3-8
  • Ages for reading instruction: 5 ½ - 6 ½

Contains:

  • 14 colour talking books in 25 languages (£6 each totaling £84)
  • 14 Activity books with Teachers notes (£4 each totaling £56)
  • Overall Guide (£4
  • 14 Krishna talking stickers (£4)
  • 100 recordable stickers (£4)

You will need PENpal to hear the sound enabled content.Click here to buy PENpal

 

 

 

Each Talking Story Book has the text in English and can be listened to in the following languages, page by page:
English, Hindi, Gujarati, Telegu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada
Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Afrikaans
Croatian, Finnish, Portuguese, Italian, Slovenian, Slovak
Spanish, French, German, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch

Listen to the stories in your home language, understand and then listen in English. Practice reading. The associated Activity Book, full of ideas, will help you familiarise yourself in reading the words in the story book. Develop speaking skills by saving your own voice onto every page. Each book gets progressively harder but nevertheless has a clear message of care and concerns for others.
(Users have found that the books help in developing speaking skills in any of the languages mentioned above as well.)
 

SET B builds on the skills of SET A, introducing more sound-spelling combinations, more in-depth comprehension, and deeper consideration of themes and morals. Children read stories with the now familiar characters of Sita, Ravi, Vikram, and Krishna. They also meet Matsyavatar, and Garuda, in addition to the characters Nandi, Jack, Yasha, and Jeeva. They learn about ecological living and are exposed to a wider variety of topics, settings, and themes. Five of the talking books in this set are simplified traditional tales which bring well-loved stories to modern readers. The activity books challenge and broaden children’s skills and understanding in a step-by-step easy way.

This set is designed for approximately 14 weeks of instruction spread over a calendar year. Children will return to the talking books again and again over many years since they are enchanting stories with interactive features. And children as young as 3 years old will love being read to from the books in this set. Older children long past the instructional level of the books will enjoy the interactive features of the PENpal that has the characters speak and sing, and allows a child to record his or her own voice into the books.

To see all the books and how they work with the PENpal , you can watch these videos and to virtually try out the PENpal yourself you can try this demo.

 

Contents :

              Talking Labels         Krishna Talking Stickers   Talking Phonics Chart      
 

            List Of Books

 

      Activity Books

 

You took My Towel

     
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The brothers are arguing and taking each other's things. There doesn't seem to be a solution until Dad discusses spiritual principles that are part of traditional Indian village life.

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A Chicken is Food for a Cat

     
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This story simply explains the vegetarian diet and our loving relationship with animals. Many children who have diets that are different from those of the dominant culture around them are subject to ridicule and are put in a position to defend their culture, beliefs, and lifestyle.

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This is my Cow

     
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Increasingly in developing countries such as India, the traditional standards for humane and kind animal care are eroding. This story presents a traditional picture of the cow as part of the family. In this story, Ravi cares for his cow but has to be careful!

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Toil in the Sun

     

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Bulls are often butchered because people fail to recognize their economic value. But oxen work the land without petrochemicals, tractor manufacturing and other aspects of a polluted world. The farmers in this book live in a modern eco-village, training oxen and using them to produce food.

 

Jagannath’s Cart

     

At the start of the rainy season, in India's city of Puri on the east coast, there is a yearly festival where the forms of Jagannath and his brother and sister ride on huge carts through the city.Millions of people come to pull the carts and sing in the streets.
Similar festivals are also celebrated in cities throughout the world.

 

The Gull’s Eggs

     
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This adaptation of a traditional Indian tale explores determination in the face of obstacles. It features Garuda, Vishnu's interplanetary eagle carrier.

 

The Fish Got Bigger

     
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This story from ancient India tells of the fish avatar. A king finds this fish, who at first appears very small. The king tries to give the fish a suitable home but the fish qucikly outgrows every place the king arranges.

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Little Sticks

     
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This traditional tale from India has a theme found throughout the world's cultures of being granted a wish but not knowing what is truly valuable.

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Rocks in my Pack

     
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This is an allegory of the soul (jeeva in Sanskrit) becoming free from illusion and material attachments in order to attain perfection. In the Indic tradition a guru is often compared to a boatman, and human life to a boat used to cross an ocean of material illusion.

 

Colours

     
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Holi is a festival of the beginning of spring. People throw coloured dyes on each other, both in dry and liquid form. This book promotes a return to traditional fun that also celebrates our connection with Mother Earth.

 

Krishna’s Usual Food

     
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Chapatis or rotis are a staple food of north India, often eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Villagers pat the dough into a flat, round shape, and cook the bread on a clay stove, burning cow dung or wood. One day, Vikram decides to have something
other than traditional chapatis.

 

Mr and Mrs Trish

     
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Hospitality is deeply ingrained in traditional Indian culture. But when unexpected guests arrive at the temple, can little Sita take care of them?

 

Yashoda’s Vision

     

This story of Krishna eating dirt and showing his mother, Yashoda, the cosmos in his mouth is from the ancient Puranas of India. Yashoda decides that sometimes love is all we need when something we experience is beyond our understanding.

 

The Wicked Snake

     

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For centuries children have loved this story from the Puranic literature about how Krishna deals with a gigantic snake who has swallowed all his friends.